Acing the IELTS Reading Test: Identifying Writer’s View

As one of the reading task types for both IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic Test, identifying the writer’s view evaluates your ability to recognize opinions and ideas by the writer in discursive or argumentative texts. In this reading task, you will be given a number of statements and will be asked a question “Does the following statement agree with the views/claims of the writer?” Then, you need to respond by skimming the text and choosing the correct answer from the three choices (Yes/No/Not Given) in the boxes on your answer sheet.

 

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As an IELTS test taker enrolled in an IELTS Academic review package or General Training review package, it is important to understand the difference between “Yes,” “No” and “Not Given” in this reading task as it enables you to decide which of these choices best describes your answer. To help you understand these answer choices, here are their definitions:

 

  • “Yes” means that the writer completely agrees with the statement.

  • “No” means that the writer obviously disagrees with the statement.

  • “Not given” means that the writer neither confirms nor contradicts wthe statement.

How to Ace the IELTS Reading Test: Identifying the Writer’s View?

 

For students enrolled in an IELTS Academic review package or General Training review packages who want to ace this reading task, read and follow these five practical reading tips:

 

  1. Read the instructions carefully. Always remember that your goal is to identify whether statement describes the writer’s view in the text or not. Note also the difference among the three choices in this reading task.

 

  1. Skim every statement to get an idea of the topics you will be searching in the text. In each statement, underline any keyword or key phrases that can help you understand the main idea of the statement.

 

  1. Now that you have the keyword or key phrase of every statement, utilize these while scanning the text. If you come across information relating to a statement, put a mark beside that section of the text so you can find it quickly when deciding your answer.

 

  1. Once you have found the appropriate sections of the text, compare them with the statements and decide if it agrees with the views of the writer.

 

  1. Do not use your own knowledge about the topic in the text or make assumptions. Use only the information in the text when determining the right answer.

 

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